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How to Survive in Fairyland Jack and the Beanstalk-A Hero’s Journey ENG111 Hope Madewell 11/18/2011
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Hope Madewell ENG111 Instructor: Nikki Pipe on Head November 18 th , 2011 How to Survive in Fairyland Jack’s mother desperately needed to pay the rent. They were broke and starving, so she sent Jack to town to sell their cow for as much money as he could get. Jack came to his first call to adventure in Joseph Campbell’s A Hero’s Journey , as he happily left on the mission at his mother’s request. He was eager to show his mother he could fulfill her wish. On his way to town, Jack met a man who offered him beans in exchange for the cow. Jack really liked the beans. He figured accepting the beans would be easier than walking the distance to town. Jack decided he would take the beans in exchange for the cow. This is where Jack failed his first call to adventure. He skipped all the way home, barely able to contain his excitement about the beans. He remained sure his mother would be pleased with his decision. Jack happily burst into the door of his home and told his mother what he had done. His mother seemed so upset; she could barely speak. She snatched the “worthless” beans out of Jack’s hands and sent him to his room. Crying hysterically, she tossed the beans out of the window. Jack fell asleep that night tremendously upset that he let his mother down. The time has come for Jack to mature and show his mother he can save them from poverty. Jack decides to make some heroic choices in order to help himself and his mother out of the situation. In the precarious and uncertain world of the hero, Joseph Campbell found that every archetypal hero, must cross a threshold from his world to the next world, which may be a dream-like world, or it may simply include another location. For Jack it meant facing his ultimate enemy, The Giant.
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The next day, Jack woke up puzzled. His room was very dark. He was sure daybreak had
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